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The Guppy Effect: Charly Bliss LIVE, new Belle & Sebastian, The Clientele & Stars on the Indie Rock Hit Parade!

Charly Bliss | Photo by Jacqueline Harriet

After a short, festival-induced break, the Indie Rock Hit Parade is back and better than ever tonight at 11pm ET on XPN! Stay tuned after the similar return of Making Time RADio with Dave P for a full two-hour show that’ll waste no time in getting you back into an IRHP frame of mind. First up, we’ve got a brand new live session to share: NYC ‘bubblegum punks’ Charly Bliss released their debut album back in the spring, and they’ll play some tracks from Guppy live in our studio! There’s also a pile of brand new music that’s been growing taller and taller since our last meeting, so be sure to listen for new releases from Belle & Sebastian, Wolf Parade, Stars, The Clientele and more! Preview some of the new things below…

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Stay up late with the Indie Rock Hit Parade at its new time!

Stars | Photo by Shervin Lainez, Courtesy of ATO Records
Stars | Photo by Shervin Lainez, Courtesy of ATO Records

The Indie Rock Hit Parade has always been proud to be a nighttime show on XPN, but do we dare go even LATER? Join host Eric Schuman (that’s me) each and every Friday night for a full two-hour show, now and forevermore at the new time of 11pm! This week, starting at 11pm, we’ll conclude our survey of the best indie releases of 2014. Also on this week’s show, starting at 11pm, we’ll have an all-new Indie Rock Hit Parade Live Session with the multimedia supergroup TEEN MEN (featuring members of The Spinto Band & Strand Of Oaks)! Don’t miss these tracks and more on the Indie Rock Hit Parade, tonight at 11pm:

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Listen to Stars cover The Smiths on WXPN’s Like A Version

Stars on WXPN's Like A Version | Photo by Eric Schuman
Stars on WXPN’s Like A Version | Photo by Eric Schuman

Even the most casual fan of Canadian indie pop torch-bearers Stars has to pick up on the band’s evident reverence for the music of Morrissey and The Smiths. So it’s totally fitting that, when Torquil Campbell and Chris Seligman of the band stopped by Dan Reed’s show on WXPN this Wednesday for the Like A Version segment, they unpacked an acoustic guitar and dusted off a Smiths classic. After the jump, listen to their rendition of “What Difference Does It Make?” from The Smiths’ self-titled 1984 album, and listen to their full conversation with Dan Reed. Continue reading →

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Bask in the glow of Jenny Lewis, Zammuto and TV On The Radio on tonight’s Indie Rock Hit Parade!

Jenny Lewis | Photo by Autumn de Wilde
Jenny Lewis | Photo by Autumn de Wilde

We’re back to full power on tonight’s Indie Rock Hit Parade! That is, we’ve got a full two-hour show to share with you starting at 10pm on XPN. Tonight, we’ll spotlight the new album from Zammuto, the solo project of Nick Zammuto (ex-The Books) and hear brand new tracks from TV On The Radio, Lia Ices, The New Pornographers and more!

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Stars release video for “Hold On When You Get Love And Let Go When You Give It”, announce US fall tour (playing Chameleon Club 10/2)

Stars | Photo by Michelle Montgomery | www.michellemontgomeryphotography.com
Stars | Photo by Michelle Montgomery | www.michellemontgomeryphotography.com

Canadian indie-rock outfit Stars have just released a new video for their latest single, “Hold On When You Get Love And Let Go When You Give It” The video, directed by directed by George Vale and Torquil Campbell (of Stars), is described, by Campbell, as something “that celebrate[s] the following things: 1. Being yourself 2. Being someone else 3. Being fucking fabulous 4. Showing up, putting on your heels and staying alive.” “Hold On When You Get Love” is the newest material from the band since their 2012 full-length, The North. In addition to releasing the video, Stars have also announced a string of US tour dates this coming fall. The Canadian quintet will be making a stop in Lancaster, PA for a show at The Chameleon Club on October 2nd. Tickets go on sale this Saturday, June 29th, at 10am. Find more info here, and watch the video for “Hold On When You Get Love And Let Go When You Give It”, below.

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Stars pumps up the crowd at The Trocadero (photos, review, setlist)

All photos by Michelle Montgomery | MichelleMontgomeryPhotography.com

It’s safe to say that most Stars fans came to The Trocadero last night expecting a set of broken love ballads to sway with their partners to, but the Canadian indie pop band kicked off their North American tour with anything but. With a stage decorated with not one, but four (!) disco balls and a little 80’s Aretha Franklin to get the crowd pumped up, lead singers Amy Milan and Torquil Campbell danced onto the stage decked out in retro studded vests and denim blazers.

Picking through ten years of material, the 22-song set started out heavy on Stars latest release, The North, but paid homage to long time fans as well. After “Backlines,” Campbell was gracious to the crowd for being so “fucking genuine and beautiful.” Before playing “Personal” (which he called “the most depressing song ever written”)  he said this would be the first time the band would perform the song in five years. While Stars had originally set the tone for the show to be one big dance party, Campbell and Milan indulged fans who wanted to get a little sentimental, focusing on themes like love, beauty, and youth. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Stars at The Trocadero, Delta Rae with ZZ Ward at The TLA, Drums Like Machine Guns at Kung Fu Necktie

StarsFollowing up on their their well-recieved 2012 LP The North, Montreal synth pop outfit Stars bring their live show to Philly tonight for a date at The Trocadero with Milo Greene. With a brighter and more positive sound and outlook than their brooding 2010 release The Five Ghosts, the new songs should work well towards warming the crowd on a chilly Wednesday night. Los Angeles indie group Milo Greene opens, tickets and information can be found at the WXPN Concert Calendar. Below, watch the band perform “The North” live at Tornto radio station The Edge.

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